Weekly Articles by Eric Moore

The owner of Jay’s Bird Barn, publishes an article about  bringing wild birds to your backyard in The Daily Courier every Thursday.  Learn more about Eric Moore.

Archive

Below you will find an archive of all the weekly articles Eric Moore has published with The Daily Courier.

Thoughts on the city’s proposed ordinance on feeding wildlife

On Saturday, I witnessed an amazing “nature in action” moment that I have never seen before. We have a nesting box here at the store that currently has an active house finch nest in it. I watched a say’s phoebe attacking the female house finch on her nest, grabbing...

Different week, different birds

My two weeks of bird guiding for the Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program came to an end this past Friday. I kept a separate checklist for each of the two one-week sessions, and it was interesting to compare what we saw, or didn’t see, during the first...

Effect of Yarnell Hill Fire on woodpecker populations

In my column last week, I wrote about the first two days of last weeks’ Road Scholar birding program, covering our time spent at Date Creek Ranch and Burro Creek. On Wednesday, we visited the Hassayampa River Preserve, followed by Yarnell, Peeples Valley and Walnut...

Birds, birds, and more birds in Belize

One of the more spectacular birding destinations we visited in Belize was a place called Black Rock Lodge. The setting was stunning! The lodge was in the jungle, situated above a river, with views of soaring limestone cliffs on the opposite side of the canyon. We had...

From Crooked Tree to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

We returned home from Belize this past Saturday, and feel very grateful for the opportunity we had to travel and bird there In my column last week, I mentioned birding at Bird's Eye View Lodge at Crooked Tree Lagoon. One day we walked from the lodge to an oak-pine...

Birding on Caye Caulker Island

In last week’s column, our birding group had just arrived at Caye Caulker, a small island off the coast of Belize. We stayed on this island for three nights, and by the time we left I felt I had exhausted the birds that could be found there. I participated on every...

Birding in the desert – nine years running

It is that time of year once again, where I lead bird watching trips out of Wickenburg for Northern Arizona University’s Road Scholar Program. I am two days into this week’s program having spent Monday at Date Creek Ranch and Tuesday at Burro Creek. This is my ninth...

Greetings from Belize!

On Monday, Gayla and I flew from Phoenix to Belize, via Houston. This is my first time visiting Belize, and in many respects it reminds me a lot of Brazil. For years we have been providing free guided bird walks each week at both our Prescott and our Sedona stores....

Participation in birding festival results in many bird sightings

Two weeks ago, for the first time in my life, I attended a birding festival as a participant. I have attended festivals for years as a business owner—selling optics in the vendor tent—which prevented me from participating in the guided bird walks. I recently attended...

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About the owner, Eric Moore

My interest in birds began when I was very young. By the time I was five years old I was fascinated with birds and watched them at feeders in my parents’ yard in Massachusetts.

At the age of 13 I joined the Tucson chapter of the National Audubon Society. When I lived in Utah I participated in the Utah County Birders Club (there was not an Audubon chapter in Provo). I have been associated with the Prescott chapter of the National Audubon Society for the past eleven years and have served on the board of directors and as the publicity chair.

I have led bird walks, been in charge of the Spring Migratory Bird Count, and I have participated in the Christmas Bird Count in Tucson, Provo, and Prescott for a time period spanning 30 years. I consider myself to be an excellent birder. Birding is more than a hobby for me–it is a passion.

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